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2:02 PM on 06.02.2014

Apple announces Metal to bring console-quality graphics to iOS

Apple announced their new technology, called Metal, today during their press conference in San Francisco. Metal reduces the overhead between game and hardware with up to ten times faster draw recall rates for A7-powered Apple...

Dale North

1:45 PM on 06.02.2014

Unreal Tournament 3 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. saved from GameSpy shutdown

I've found it really encouraging that developers are willing to make their multiplayer games playable after the shutdown of GameSpy. There was quite a list of games that were going to be going offline but after some big names...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 PM on 05.29.2014

Epic's new Unreal Tournament is starting to come together

Earlier this month, Epic Games announced -- and started development on -- a new Unreal Tournament in collaboration with fans and Unreal Engine 4 developers. The team still has a ton of work ahead of it, obviously, but here's...

Jordan Devore







Video: E3 2014 secret leaks revealed! photo
Video: E3 2014 secret leaks revealed!
by Bill Zoeker

We've gotten our hands on some verifiable official E3 2014 leaks and secrets and we're spilling the beans. Find out what's in store from Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Epic Games, EA, and all the other big companies making important announcements.

Get a sneak peek at news about Battlefield 5, a new Nintendo MMO, Destiny, and all every other E3 reveal and announcement.

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1:15 PM on 05.22.2014

Epic Games makes with the flappy with Tappy Chicken appy

Epic Games has released Tappy Chicken, which is exactly what you think it is: a Flappy Bird clone. Available today via the App Store, Google Play, and browser today at 2 PM EST, Tappy Chicken was created with Unreal Engine 4,...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 AM on 05.10.2014

Unreal and Unreal Tournament games half price on Steam

Epic Games started development on a new Unreal Tournament in collaboration with the community and Unreal Engine 4 developers this week, and that makes this a decent enough time to discount the existing games in the franchise,...

Jordan Devore



Epic Games is developing a new Unreal Tournament starting today photo
Epic Games is developing a new Unreal Tournament starting today
by Jordan Devore

Epic Games made its "future of Unreal Tournament" announcement and it's actually promising. There is, in fact, a new game in the works -- starting today with "a small team of UT veterans" -- that'll be developed in open collaboration with series fans and Unreal Engine 4 developers.

It's going to be free when it's released for Windows/Mac/Linux, although that won't be anytime soon. Epic will fund the game through an eventual marketplace in which devs, modders, artists, and gamers can buy, sell, or give away mods and content. The company will take a cut of earnings and stresses that the intent is for the new Unreal Tournament to be "just free," not "free to play."

Updates will be streamed by way of Twitch, if you're fine just watching. Fans can participate in the forums, while UE4 devs will have full access to code on GitHub. My fear is that this project might become a "too many cooks in the kitchen" situation, but UT fans seem to know what they want, and Epic is promising a title that's "true to its roots as a competitive FPS." Fingers crossed.

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5:30 PM on 05.02.2014

Epic is doing something with Unreal Tournament next week

It's been long enough since the last Unreal Tournament that I'd say hell yeah, we could use another one of those right about now. Epic Games VP and co-founder Mark Rein has taken to Twitter today to hype up "the future of Unr...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 04.25.2014

Unreal Engine 4 goes to Xbox One, PS4 in 4.1 update

Update 4.1 for Unreal Engine 4 lets developers on Epic's nifty subscription service access PS4 and Xbox One for their work at no extra cost. This means that those that were registered as console developers (including ID@Xbox...

Dale North

1:45 PM on 04.08.2014

Sign up for Epic Games' Fortnite alpha

Epic has kept mostly quiet about Fortnite for years now and in that time I've gone from being excited to not caring at all to really, really caring. Now that the studio has opened alpha sign-ups and shared a bunch of informat...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Epic: Fortnite has 'evolved,' hopefully we can talk about it soon

As far as "things I want Epic Games to release that aren't Unreal Tournament" go, it's pretty much just Fortnite at this point. The sandbox survival game "might be the best thing we've ever done," according to studio co-found...

Jordan Devore

12:05 PM on 03.19.2014

Epic Games' new Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan detailed

Epic Games announced a new subscription model for Unreal Engine 4 this morning. Any user can gain full access to their tools and source code for only $19 a month and 5% revenue. Developers can deploy to PC, Mac, iOS, and Andr...

Dale North



Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan photo
Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan
by Dale North

Anyone can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 now with a new subscription plan, priced at $19.99 a month. This was announced this morning in a GDC press conference by Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney. 

With this new plan, users can deploy to four platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Developers will pay 5 percent of revenues for full access to Unreal Engine 4. This fee gets you the tools, access to full C++ source code (via GitHub), documentation, and forum support access. This new plan is available today, letting new developers download tools and get started right now (or in a few minutes -- the site is down right now).

Sweeney calls today the start of something new for Epic Games. He said that they’ve been working quietly behind the scene on new technology for awhile now. The future of the engine is inspired by a lot of changes in the game industry. The assumption was that bigger and better was going to be the continual goal for the future of gaming, but things have changed since, with mobile and VR entering the scene in a big way.

The newest form of  Unreal Engine 4 was built to be highly usable for developers of all sizes.   Sweeney says that even if you don’t know how to program, you could build a game in Unreal Engine 4. He confident enough about its ease of use that noted that the engine could potentially be a new outlet for the motivated Minecraft player.

It used to cost many millions of dollars and lots of licensing paperwork for AAA developers to use UE4 to make games. Sweeney admits that this is an outdated plan now. They’re shooting for practicability and accessibility with their new business mode; every developer on earth will have access to all the tools Epic has when they develop their AAA games now. For $20, cancelable at any time. How great is that?

As an example, they showed off a game they made with the tools, called Tappy Chicken. It was developed in two days with Blueprint in UE4, with no programming. Other examples of the tools were shown -- more on these later today.

You'll find the full details on this new plan here.

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5:30 PM on 03.12.2014

The Unreal Engine 4 now runs in Firefox

Browser based gaming just took a giant leap forward with this demonstration of the Unreal Engine 4 running in Firefox at near-native speeds. The demo you see shows Epic's Soul and Swing Ninja, and this is the first glimpse o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





12:30 PM on 01.27.2014

Epic: Unreal Engine 4 games aiming for Christmas, Q1 2015

Epic Games hasn't been talking much about Fortnight and now it's sold the Gears of War rights to Microsoft. What's going on over there? Unreal Engine 4 work and lots of it, from the sound of things. Speaking to Edge, EU terri...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 01.13.2014

Silicon Knights loses appeal against Epic Games

If you haven't been following the Silicon Knights vs. Epic Games Saga, it hasn't been pretty. A North Carolina court ordered Silicon Knights to pay Epic Games millions ($4.5m in damages, and $4.7 in court fees), after a faile...

Chris Carter